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How is a root canal treatment performed?

As you would expect from Bite Dental, we only use the best materials available in our treatments. We use our root canal instruments once before disposal to prevent the risk of them snapping in your tooth and we do our root canal treatments over two appointments as this achieves a better success rate.

To give you an idea of how your root canal treatment will unfold:

  • The procedure is usually performed using a local anaesthetic.
  • We remove the decayed portions of the tooth and any affected filling.
  • The infected pulp is extracted.
  • The root canal will be thoroughly cleaned to remove any bacteria.
  • The tooth is then flushed with disinfectants and dried.
  • Once we can see it is completely infection free, the root canal will be filled.

Is a root canal procedure painful?

The process of a root canal treatment is often actually painless. As the nerve in the tooth has gone, it can be compared to having your fingernails trimmed or hair cut — there are no nerve fibres left to feel pain. Often at Bite Dental Studios in Brisbane, our patients will fall asleep while we do our root canal treatments.

What do I need to know post-treatment?

You may feel some tenderness in your mouth and jaw a few days after your treatment, which is normal. We suggest you don’t eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off and be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. If you start to develop a visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth or the tenderness isn’t going away after a few days, please get in touch with us straight away.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a root canal for a cracked tooth?

That is a very tough question to answer!  

Simple cracks or chips that are not painful will likely not involve a root canal procedure and can often be managed quite easily.  Those teeth that are sore to chew on, sensitive to hot or cold or the crack exposes the nerve of the tooth are a totally different beast to deal with.

The decision to do a root canal is made if the nerve is going to die.  We have no way of testing for this – and some nerves do heal - so we use a series of tests, look at the results and then essentially take our best guess of the outcome we expect.

All possible outcomes are on the table.  Ranging from a simple filling, full crown, root canals, gum surgery and even the loss of the tooth with or without its replacement.

The best advice is to take your time moving along the different phases of treatment.  Make sure that the tooth is stable before you invest further money. 

I often place temporary crowns on those teeth we can’t be sure about.  These can stay in place for 6-12 months so we can assess if the nerve heals or not.  This way we have the best chance of not having to cut off an expensive crown to do a root canal down the track.

And yes – worst case scenario you can do a root canal through the top of a crown.  Problem is that the seal we place afterwards is not ideal and reduces the longevity of the root canal.  Its best to replace the crown to preserve the root canal long-term.

If you are experiencing any tooth pain or discomfort; sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks; pain when you chew or bite down; swollen gums; facial swelling near the jaw; or a loosening of a tooth, it's a good idea to come in and see us. Even if you have some of these symptoms, it doesn't necessarily mean that you need a root canal procedure, but we can provide you with the treatment you need.

We actually perform our root canal treatments over two separate appointments, as this helps us to achieve a better success rate. We'll begin by removing any decayed areas of the tooth and the nerve. The root canal is then thoroughly cleaned and flushed out with a disinfectant. Only when the area is completely free from infection will we fill the root canal.

It is likely that you will feel some sensitivity and tenderness in your mouth and jaw for a few days following root canal therapy. This is completely normal and will resolve itself in time. Try to stick to liquids and soft foods whilst your mouth recovers. If you begin to notice swelling inside your mouth, or if the pain and discomfort doesn't subside within a few days, get in touch with us for follow-up treatment.

That is a very tough question to answer!

Simple cracks or chips that are not painful will likely not involve a root canal procedure and can often be managed quite easily. Those teeth that are sore to chew on, sensitive to hot or cold or the crack exposes the nerve of the tooth are a totally different beast to deal with.

The decision to do a root canal is made if the nerve is going to die. We have no way of testing for this – and some nerves do heal - so we use a series of tests, look at the results and then essentially take our best guess of the outcome we expect.

All possible outcomes are on the table. Ranging from a simple filling, full crown, root canals, gum surgery and even the loss of the tooth with or without its replacement.
The best advice is to take your time moving along the different phases of treatment. Make sure that the tooth is stable before you invest further money.

I often place temporary crowns on those teeth we can’t be sure about. These can stay in place for 6-12 months so we can assess if the nerve heals or not. This way we have the best chance of not having to cut off an expensive crown to do a root canal down the track.

And yes – worst case scenario you can do a root canal through the top of a crown. Problem is that the seal we place afterwards is not ideal and reduces the longevity of the root canal. Its best to replace the crown to preserve the root canal long-term.

A Brisbane dental practice that puts clients' needs and well-being first

At Bite Dental Brisbane we know a lot of people are nervous about visiting the dentist even for regular check-ups and just the thought of having a treatment like a root canal performed would cause them to feel even more anxious. That’s why, with every procedure or treatment we perform, including root canals, we take the time to ensure our patients are relaxed and comfortable. Bite Dental Studios is the Brisbane dental clinic that puts patients first.

Call us now at (07) 3221 5399 to arrange a consultation with our dentist.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek the opinion of an appropriately qualified health practitioner.